Thursday 31 December 2020

Photo Scavenger Hunt :: December 2020 #4 My Own Choice

Hi there everyone πŸ˜€

Today it’s a bit of a case of ‘two birds with one stone’. I'm joining in with the last of Kate's final link up parties for 2020's photo scavenger hunts ... and starting a new annual blog post series.

The theme for today's scavenger hunt is ... My Own Choice.

I was really hoping to share some new photos that I was so looking forward to capturing during our Christmas break away in the lovely Peak District but sadly, events overtook us and we had to cancel at pretty much the last minute.

Having seen Sharon’s annual review of her year over on Sunshine and Celandines it made me think about something similar. I always make my own photo calendar each year and I tend to do it in November time, looking back over the previous 12 months for suitable photos for each month.

The photos chosen all tend to be meaningful in one way or another and I thought it would be nice to share them here as my entry for the scavenger hunt and as a way of summing up our 2020 ... so here we go ...

With no clue as to what the year would bring we started out by ticking off one of the 50 things I wanted to before I hit 60. Martin and I managed our second visit to Warner Bros Studios in January ... we wanted to visit Gringotts Bank and this time we took mum and dad. We were all very impressed and had a long, but lovely, day out together ...

At the beginning of 2020 Martin and I were both really hit by a new year lethargy which was just not shifting. I’d been suffering with a terrible dry cough, which had confined me to bed for a few days (mmmmm I do wonder) and I booked us a last minute short break to Windsor which I hoped would kickstart our year. It was a brilliant trip and another adventure ticked off my 50 things list. Little were we to know at the time that this would be our last trip for a good while ...

Our March holiday to Dunkeld in Scotland was cancelled and, like the rest of the country, by the end of the month we were confined to barracks and a spring of making the most of the garden kicked in. It was lovely to see everything else coming back to life and putting on a fabulous show for us when we most needed it ...

We were all still in lockdown but we were trying to make the best of things and decided that we would do a bit more on the veg growing front. Seeds were bought and started off and new raised beds were ordered ...

Since our trip away in February it was May before we really went anywhere again and this was a really short wander around our local castle grounds ... I really wanted to see the wisteria and was so pleased to find it still putting on a fabulous show .... 

By June we were allowed to meet up with friends and we managed to go 'out out'. We had a lovely afternoon on a private visit to Felley Priory. We literally were the only people there ... apart from the gardeners. We finished off our visit with an afternoon tea out of the back of the car on the camping chairs ... which ended up becoming a bit of a theme through the summer for us ...

The weather was still doing us proud and we managed to make one of a number of visits to a local walled garden, where we had a wander, enjoyed the peace and quiet and took a posh picnic lunch ...

We were back in the walled garden, this time we took mum for a wander ... it was still lovely and quiet and absolutely stunning ...

Things were starting to get a little more back to normal during September and we did manage to get out and about a little bit more and even managed a two week holiday in Devon. My calendar picture though was from a visit we'd made to Sezincote in The Cotswolds during July, which was a real treat and so different to anything else we'd ever seen before ...

My October image was from a walk we did in The Peak District back in August. It was a bit of an effort but did end up being a really lovely day ...

In November we were 'locked down' again and my photo for the month is taken from our two weeks holiday, back in September, on the very lovely East Devon coast ... This one is from the beach at Budleigh Salterton, our first big day out ...

And so we come to the end of the year, with a photo that pretty much sums up the best of it all ... a fabulous view and another picnic out of the back of the car ...

So 2020 ... it's certainly been different and brought plenty of challenges. It is always good to look back though as there are always things to be thankful for and new memories been made ... stay safe everyone and all the very best for 2021 😘😘😘



  1. Cracking photos! I love the wisteria and the Sezicote photos. You had had a very memorable year despite lockdown etc. Thank goodness for the odd times one has been able to 'escape'. I suspect more car picnics will feature in 2021.

    1. Thank you ... the car picnics were very reminiscent of my childhood as we didn’t tend to eat out back then ... it was always a picnic ... it’s been nice to reconnect with some of the more simple things. The camping chairs now tend to live in the boot of the car ... just in case πŸ˜ƒ

  2. Lovely photos and yes I was also inspired to do a 'review' - it will be my next post :) Thank you for joining in the photo hunt - have a safe and peaceful new year x

    1. Thank you and thanks for hosting ... I’m looking forward to continuing to get involved in 2021 ... hopefully with some new and intentionally taken photos πŸ˜ƒ

  3. Fabulous pictures for a year end round-up, I love the wisteria, the colourful flowers for August and the Budleigh Salterton one but my favourite is the Sezincote shot, it's stunning :)

    1. Thank you πŸ˜ƒ. The wisteria always puts on a fabulous show and Sezincote was a beautiful place to visit. Hopefully we will get to visit a few more new places in 2021 πŸ˜ƒ

  4. Happy New Year! Good mood, happiness and fulfillment of cherished desires!

    1. Thank you Elena ... sending good wishes to your and your family too for 2021 πŸ˜ƒ

  5. Those photos will make the loveliest calendar & it was nice to see what you'd been up to this year as I'm a new follower. Take care, stay safe & all best to you for a better year.

    1. Thank you Susan and lovely to know you are a new follower. All the best to you for 2021 too πŸ˜ƒ

  6. So many beautiful photos, in spite of the crazy year we've had. Your calendar is going to be so lovely.
    Wishing you all the best for 2021!

    1. Thank you ... it is always lovely looking back as we turn over into a new month. It’s something I’ve done for ages and whilst it can be a bit of a slog picking the photos it’s definitely worth it. Wishing you all the best for 2021 too πŸ˜ƒ


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